Wayne Rooney tops Sunday Times Rich List for young sports stars

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England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney tops the 2016 Sunday Times Rich List for young sportsmen in Britain which is published this weekend.

Rooney has amassed an £82million fortune which makes him the richest sportsman aged 30 or under, a rise of £10m from last year. The 30-year-old’s wealth comes from a reported £300,000-a-week contract at United, which makes him the highest-paid player in the Barclays Premier League, as well as endorsements with global brands Nike and Samsung.
Tennis brothers Andy and Jamie Murray are in second place with a joint worth of £58m, though £57m of it is contributed by world number two Andy.
Rory McIlroy has enjoyed the biggest increase in wealth, earning an extra £18m to take him up to £56m in total and to third place in the list. The Northern Irishman earned almost 10m US dollars in prize money, but it is off the course where he has made his real cash, with a long-standing deal with Nike and other endorsements with Omega, Bose, Upper Deck sports memorabilia and Electronic Arts being especially lucrative.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is up to fourth on the
list after a year in which he became the second-
richest footballer.
The Welshman earns around £15.6millon a year at
the Bernabeu in addition to contracts with
Adidas, Sony and Electronic Arts. He is worth
£34million – a £13m increase from last year.

Chelsea playmaker Hazard is joint 10th in the
standings with boxer Amir Khan, though Khan is
likely to add to his wealth when he fights Canelo
Alvarez next month.

Full list below:
1 Wayne Rooney £82m
2 Andy and Jamie Murray £58m
3 Rory McIlroy £56m
4 Gareth Bale £34m
5 Sergio Aguero £33m
6 David Silva £31m
7= Cesc Fabregas £29m
7= Radamel Falcao £29m
9 Samir Nasri £22m
10= Eden Hazard £18m
10= Amir Khan £18m

Kelechi is a writer at The Herald. His many penchants include Poetry, Coding and Rock music. When he is not writing, Kelechi is probably binging on a TV show.

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